Meal Machine is a domestic greenhouse robot built as an extension of the existing architecture of Casco’s apartment in Utrecht. From the bedroom window Meal Machine extends on to the balcony. This new space, on the border of inside and outside, is designed to automate care and optimise plant growth. This high-tech greenhouse, designed after open source and DIY manuals from internet, frees home growing from the misplaced nostalgia surrounding many local and small scaled food production initiatives. By introducing the automation of food production in the domestic sphere, the Meal Machine is proposing a new way of city gardening, taking the busy schedule of the citizen into account.
The menu shows the meal produced in the first cycle of the Meal Machine. This meal was collectively harvested, prepared and eaten during a Town Meeting in Casco's apartment. The collective labour which results in a shared meal forms a new kind of harvest ritual which creates space for critical reflection on food production and the sharing of knowledge on home growing.